Richard “Groove” Holmes & Gene Ammons - Groovin’ With Jug
Richard “Groove” Holmes & Gene Ammons - Groovin’ With Jug
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Richard “Groove” Holmes & Gene Ammons - Groovin’ With Jug
Richard “Groove” Holmes & Gene Ammons - Groovin’ With Jug

Richard “Groove” Holmes & Gene Ammons - Groovin’ With Jug

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Richard “Groove” Holmes, organ

Gene Ammons, tenor saxophone [click here to see more vinyl featuring Gene Ammons]

Gene Edwards, guitar

Leroy Henderson, drums.


      1 LP, standard sleeve

      Original analog Master tape : YES

      Heavy Press : 180g

      Record color : black

      Speed : 33 RPM

      Size : 12'’



      Record Press : Pallas

      Label : Pure Pleasure Records

      Original Label : Pacific Jazz

      Recorded at The Black Orchid on 15th August 1961 (Side A) & Pacific Jazz Studios on 15th August 1961 (Side B)

      Produced by Richard Bock

      Remastered by Steve Hoffman & Kevin Gray

      Originally released in 1961

      Reissued in January 2009



      Side A:

      1. Good Vibrations
      2. Willow Weep For Me
      3. Juggin’ Around

      Side B:

      1. Groovin’ With Jug
      2. Morris The Minor
      3. Hey You, What’s That?


      Reviews :

      "Ironically, Gene "Jug" Ammons tended to be critical of organists; he was quoted as saying that "organ players don't know any changes." However, as critical the Chicago tenor saxman might have been of organists -- most of them, anyway -- he did some of his best work in their presence. When you united Ammons with Jack McDuff, Johnny "Hammond" Smith and other B-3 masters in the '60s, the sparks would fly. They certainly fly on this excellent album, which finds Ammons and Richard "Groove" Holmes co-leading a soul-jazz/hard bop organ combo that also includes guitarist Gene Edwards and drummer Leroy Henderson. The quartet is heard in two settings on August 15, 1961 -- three of the eight selections were produced by Richard Bock in a Los Angeles studio in the afternoon, while the other five were recorded several hours later an L.A. club called the Black Orchid. Ammons and Holmes prove to be a strong combination in both settings, although their playing is somewhat looser at the Orchid, where the delights include some slow blues (Ammons' "Hittin' the Jug"), a smoky ballad ("Willow Weep for Me") and a lightning-fast barnburner (Ammons' "Juggin' Around"). However critical Ammons might have been of most organists, it's obvious that he and Holmes share a lot of common ground on Groovin' With Jug." AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson 


      Ratings :

      AllMusic : 4,5 / 5 , Discogs : 4,58 / 5

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